NICHOLLS – WRIGHT

Arthur Harry

Private. Worcestershire Regiment 2nd Bat. Service no 12878. Aged 19. Date of death. 2nd Nov 1914. Part of the 5th Brigade 2nd Division. Arthur, who died of wounds, was an old contemptible (men of the BEF who saw service before 22nd Nov 1914). The BEF embarked to France on 9th Aug 1914 aboard the ship “Lake Michigan”, taking part in the battle of Mons then in the 1st battle of Ypres Oct 31st-Nov 22nd British captured it from the Germans in the days leading to Arthurs death the Germans pushed back the allies relentlessly, by 31st Oct they had taken Geluveld and almost broke through the British line on the Menin road, on the 1st Nov they took the Mesen ridge and Wijschate, while british troops captured Geluveld. This as now gone down in history as an heroic stand by the heroes of 2nd Worcs. The BEF now almost virtually destroyed, cooks, batman, signallers and other non-combatants were called into action, both sides were now exhausted, and the war in the trenches began. Son of Frederick and Fanny Nicholls, of Ivy Cottage Marcliff, Nr Bidford. Worked as a farm labourer. Buried Poperinghe old military cemetery.

George James

L/Corporal. Service no 30290. Grenadier Guards 3rd Battalion. Killed in action date died 25th Sept 1918. Born Crowle Worcs Enlisted Stratford. Resident Barton. The Guards regiments were regarded as being among the elite units of the British Army.. Attached to 2nd Guards Brigade 3rd Army. George was killed in battles around the town of Hermies which was re-captured in Sept 1918. He was involved in battles in both France and Flanders. Buried at Hermies Hill British cemetery.

William John Henry

Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 2nd Battalion. Service no 19336. Date of death 4th May 1917. Part of the immortal 7th division who suffered over 68,000 casualties William was killed during the battle of Arras, which began in a snowstorm on the 9th Apr 1917 the British sector was to the east of Arras the battle slogged on until mid May following a large-scale attack at Bullecourt on the 4th May the day William died, casualties were particulary high on the British sector. It became the greatest killing battle of the war with daily casualty rate of higher than the somme 4,076 a day. Widow Emily. Remembered on the Arras Memorial.

Bernard Harold

Lance corporal. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 11th Battalion. Aged 21. Date of death 10th Apr 1917. Service no 9249. Lived in Bidford, worked as an errand boy in 1911. Born in Wellesbourne.. 1st battle of Scarpe (a river) 9th-14th Apr 1917. To capture Monchy-le-preux, it was a bitterly cold spring period with sleet and rain 112 brigade with 111 brigade were at the forefront of this battle to capture the high ground to the East of Arras. Whilst the 4th Division had been engaged on the north of the river Scarpe the 37th Division, with the 11th Royal Warwickshire in the 112th Brigade, were in action in the south. There also the German line was breached and the village of Feuchy taken. On April 9 the 11th Royal Warwickshire was in support, but advanced at evening to a point south of Feuchy Chapel on the Cambrai Road. In the early afternoon of April 10 the battalion moved forward to the west of Monchy-le-Preux. That night they dug in at Les Fosses Farm, with their left resting on the Cambrai Road. Early next morning the battalion led on the right in the attack on the high ground between Monchy and Guemappe. Advancing by short rushes, they got to a point about fifty yards east of the road from La Bergere to Monchy, where they held their ground till relieved at evening. Son of Thomas and Ruth Pitcher of 70, Charlotte road, Stirchley Birmingham. Remembered on the Arras Memorial.

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Carl Rudolph

Brother of Bernard (above) born in Wellesbourne.. Private. Wiltshire regiment 2nd Battalion Aged 19. Date of death 30th May 1918. Service no 36422. 2nd Battalion Wilts Regiment on the day Carl was killed in action fighting nr Chambrecy. Part of the war diary for the day Carl died states “Enemy attacks in the early hours of the morning our flanks heavily engaged forced to give ground withdrawing to Est of Sarcy suffering heavy casualties, only 5 officers and 120 men remained, position consolidated and strengthened by a party of Welsh fusiliers”. Son of Thomas and Ruth Pitcher, 70 Charlotte road, Stirchley Birimingham Buried at Chambrecy British cemetery in France.

George Henry Fosbroke

Lieutenant. (commissioned Aug 15th 1914) ( Duke of Cambridges own (Middx reg “The Die Hards”) 6th Battalion Attached to “C” company 3rd Battalion 85th Brigade 28th Div. Died of wounds 9th May 1915 aged 21. Born 8th Jan 1894. Educated Merchant Taylors School and commoner of New college Oxford where he was president of the fencing club. His family were informed that he was seen by a member of his regiment having been struck by enemy shellfire, which blew his hand off. However his body could not be located. Commemorated on the Menin gate memorial at Ypre and on a bronze tablet in the parish Church.

William Francis

Driver. Army Service Corps. unit 239th H.T.Coy. Date of Death 17th Mar 1917. Born is Stow aged over 50. William’s 239th HT Company formed in Feb 1915, served overseas. Died of shell shock in Kemstone Military hospital. Before the war he was employed as a general labourer/ joiner. His H/T company was orginally formed for Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. William is buried in his home cemetery at Bidford, in the North West at St Laurence church. His son also fell details below.

Cecil Raymond

Private. service no 19934 Machine Gun Corps (MGC known as the suicide club) formely 1583 K.R.R.C. Killed in action 21st Mar 1918, Born Abbots Morton,working as a plough boy in 1911. On the day the German spring offensive started “operation Michael”. Enlisted 29.9.14. Resident Alcester. Served in France and Flanders. His father William Francis Pulham fell details above. Montescourt-Lizerolles communal cemetery.

Norman Chester

Farrier Sergeant. Aged 22. service no 208635. Died in Egypt. served in the Corps of Royal Engineers. Formerly with the Warwick Yeomanry (7th field coy R.E). Date died 24th Jan 1917. Born Alcester. Enlisted in Iron Cross Warks. Died of Paratyphoid in No 24 Casualty clearing station. Before the war he was employed as a blacksmith. Son of Ada Cantrill(formerly Reeves), of 84, West St. and the late Charles Reeves. Native of Kings Heath, Bham. Buried at Kantara war memorial Cemetery. Egypt.

Thomas Arthur

Private. Worcs Regiment 3rd Battalion. Date of death 12th Mar 1915. Aged 35. Service no 6298. Born in Alcester resided in Bidford. He had served in the South African War and was mobilised upon outbreak of war Arrived France 11 Sept 1914. War diary extract for the day Thomas was wounded in action.. Attack on Spanbreok mill Lindenhoek Belgium 12th Mar 1915. The Battalions detailed for the attack included the 3rd Worcs, The assault timed for 8.40am after a night march from billets at Locre, problem at first light was a dense fog which delayed the attack eventually clearing in mid afternoon when the attack started 2 battalions rose from the water logged ditches knee deep in mud, the enemy fire was fierce and deadly, officers and men went down at every step, small parties of men managed to breach through the German lines and seizing a group of ruined houses this being the only success, the rest of the 2 attacking companies of the 3rd Worcs had been shot down and were lying killed or wounded on the broken mud between the trench lines, soon the enemy began to press back inwards along the trench’s towards the ruined buildings using bomb and bayonet the Worcester lads held firm for over 3 hours, no help came, instead the artillery misinformed as to the position annihilated the helpless party in the ruined buildings. The losses in the disastrous attack were severe casualties were 9 officers and 77 other ranks killed.Thomas received a severe thigh wound and died in a casualty clearing station Nr Chocques. Remembered at Ypres on the Menin gate memorial and Salford Priors war memorial.

Arthur Earnest

Lance corporal, Royal Kings rifle corps. 2nd Battalion 1st Div. Aged 21. Died of wounds, Date of death 1st Oct 1915. Service no Y/1225. Lance corporal Arthur Rose probably lost his life after the Battle of Loos 25th Sept 1915-19th Oct 1915. His division lost 6,OOO lives in this battle 2nd Kings lost 450 men. Buried at Chocques military cemetery. Son of Henry James and Sarah Ann Rose, Salford Rd, Bidford. Worked as a market gardener.